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Thursday, November 29 2012
The Places Where Jesus Lived
Bethlehem: "In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet"
The Messiah was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, of parents who then lived in Nazareth, in Galilee (Israel was historically divided into Judea in the south, Samaria in the central area, and Galilee in the north).
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars], that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
The Birth was, although hardly an unexpected event, apparently sudden, as though a specific day or date was brought about by the LORD - that, ironically, is not specifically recorded (the Birth was most-likely at the time of the autumn Holy Days - shepherds did not keep the flocks in open country during the winter rains).
"2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David [see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy] a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The shepherds were the immediate first witnesses of the Birth because they were already in the area of Bethlehem: "they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."
"2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Egypt: "Out of Egypt have I called my son"
While many assume that the "wise men" came with, or at the same time, as the shepherds who were already at Bethlehem, they actually had a long journey from the East.
"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him [see Why Did The Magi Come?].
By the time that they arrived, the Messiah was no longer in a stable, but in a house in Bethlehem i.e. "they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother."
"2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Herod's attempt to kill the Messiah by slaying all male children in the area, who were up to two years old, reveals that the "wise men" arrived months, up to two years, after the Birth. Ironically, it was their coming that resulted in the Messiah fleeing from Bethlehem to Egypt. The Messiah lived in Bethlehem up to two years, and then about the same amount of time in Egypt, according to the death date of Herod the Great - keeping in mind that the Roman BC and AD calendar was invented by a Roman monk centuries after the birth of Christ.
"2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Nazareth: "He shall be called a Nazarene"
Upon the death of Herod the Great, when the Messiah was a "young child" (i.e. about five years old), Joseph was directed to take his family to Nazareth - the town where Joseph and Mary started their journey years before.
"2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
Jesus grew up and lived in Nazareth for about twenty five years, until His Ministry began at age 30. Although the Messiah was known as "Jesus of Nazareth" (even after He went and lived in Capernaum), the people of Nazareth drove Him out of the city when He began to preach. They "thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong." He then moved to Capernaum, a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, which is a actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows southward to Judea.
"4:13 And when the devil [see Satan's Masquerade and Sending Away The Escapades Goat] had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
Capernaum: "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet"
Capernaum is the city where the Messiah lived during His Ministry.
"4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet [see What Did Isaiah Know About Jesus Christ?], saying,
It was from His lakeside home at Capernaum that the Messiah called the first of the twelve apostles - fishermen of the Sea of Galilee.
"4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Just as He had done at Nazareth, the Messiah attend Sabbath services at Capernaum - where He taught and did miracles.
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes [see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?]. 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Many have the anti-Biblical belief that the Messiah was a homeless wanderer, but as we've read, He was never without a home (apart from when He was making the journey between Galilee and Judea during His Ministry). When He returned to Capernaum, "he was in the house."
"2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Fact Finder: Who was Jesus Christ before He was born as a mortal man? What is He doing right now? What is He going to do when He returns?
This Day In History, November 29
561: King Chlothar I died at Compiegne. His four sons (Charibert I, Guntram, Sigebert I and Chilperic I) divided the Frankish Kingdom, while continuing the Merovingian Dynasty.
1760: British forces took possession of Detroit. It was prior to that time a French military and trading colony, founded in 1701 by the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (one of his descendants named the Cadillac automobile after him). "Detroit" is a French word that means the straits i.e. in that case referring to the river that flows from Lake Erie to Lake St. Clair (another French name).
1787: King Louis XVI of France granted political recognition of Protestants.
1798: In Canada, the legislature of the Island of St. John voted to change its name to Prince Edward Island.
1812: Napoleon's "Grand Army" crossed the Berezina River in retreat from a disastrous defeat in Russia.
1864: Over 400 Cheyenne and Arapahoe people (women, children and old men - most of the young men were already dead in battles to defend their homelands from the European invaders) who had surrendered, and were told that they could camp there in peace, were massacred by a force of 700 Colorado Militiamen led by Colonel John Chivington at Sand Creek, Colorado. That particular incident of the genocide of native Americans (among many, many others) is variously known to historians as "the Sand Creek Massacre" or the "Chivington Massacre."
1922: King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened by archaeologists.
1947: The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition "Palestine" (a word that is merely another pronunciation of "Philistine") into Jewish and Arab territories (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).
1961: NASA launched a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit. The Russians had already launched the first human into space, Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961.
1963: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to head a commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy The "Warren Commission" declared that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin.
1964: The Roman Catholic Church replaced Latin with English in masses in some countries.
1974: A bill to outlaw the Irish Republican Army became law in Britain.
1989: Czechoslovakian dissidents ousted Communist party leader Milos Jakes.